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Hong Kong City Chinese Orchestra to perform two concerts in September
     The Hong Kong City Chinese Orchestra will collaborate with a Mainland conductor and local musicians in two concerts in September. The concerts will include performances of an array of popular Chinese orchestral music classics, and details are as follows:

September 17 (Saturday), 8pm
Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre
Tickets: $100, $120 and $140
Conductors: Ching Sau-wing and Zhao Xintai
Performers: Ching Sau-wing (erhu), Chu Man-kuen (sheng), Ng Hiu-hung (guzheng) and Chan Chun-nin (dizi)
The programme includes "Celebration Overture", "The City that Never Sleeps", "Dance of the Yao Tribe", "As the Moon Rises", "Scenes of Yunnan", "Ambuscade from All Sides", "The Moonlit Lake in Autumn", "Quiet Night Thoughts", "Eternal Regret at Lin'an", "Torrents of the River" and "Capriccio on the Theme of Qinqiang” (Hong Kong premiere of new version).

September 25 (Sunday), 3pm
Auditorium, Tai Po Civic Centre
Tickets: $100 and $140
Conductors: Ching Sau-wing and Chan Kwok-fai
Performers: Chan Ko-on (erhu), Chan Tin-chi (guzheng), Chan Hiu-fung (sanxian), Kwok Ka-ying (yangqin), Cheng Chawen (dizi) and Stephanie Wong (dizi)
The programme includes "Celebration Overture", "The City that Never Sleeps", "Dance of the Yao Tribe", "Guangdong Music Medley", "TV Themes Suite", "Eight Steeds", "For the Love of the Yellow Earth", "Love in the Courtyard House", "Battling Against the Typhoon", "Ballad of Northern Henan", "The Little Flower Drum", "Grapes Are Ripe in Turpan", "The Jingling of Camel Bells" and "Capriccio on the Li River".

     Zhao Xintai graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where he studied composition and conducting under Xia Feiyun and He Zhanhao. Zhao has been the Principal Conductor of many professional orchestras, including the Symphony Orchestra of Radio Television Hunan, and is currently the Music Director, concertmaster and Resident Conductor of the Shantou Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a member of the Chinese Musicians' Association and the China Conductors' Society.

     Ching Sau-wing is a renowned erhu performer. He is currently a Committee member of the China Nationalities Orchestra Society and an Honorary Committee member of the Erhu Society under the Chinese Musicians Association, a visiting professor at the Beijing Contemporary Music Academy, and Artistic Director of the Hong Kong City Chinese Orchestra.

     Chan Kwok-fai is a seasoned musician in Hong Kong. He works as a conductor and is also a yangqin instructor in the Music Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Music Office. His achievements in the academic field have been demonstrated by the many outstanding students trained by him, who have themselves become professionals in yangqin teaching and performance.

     Since its establishment in 1994, the Hong Kong City Chinese Orchestra has strived to promote Chinese culture, enhance the development of Chinese music and foster extensive exchange activities between local and overseas music circles. In 2000 the Orchestra organised a series of five concerts and 11 seminars under the title "A Retrospective Look at Chinese Music in the Twentieth Century". The first of its kind in the Chinese music realm, the programme attracted great interest overseas and in Mainland music circles.

     The concerts by the Hong Kong City Chinese Orchestra are presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Tickets are now available at URBTIX (www.urbtix.hk). For telephone credit card bookings, please call 2111 5999. For programme enquiries and concessionary schemes, please call 2268 7321 or visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/Programme/en/music/program_1214.html.
Ends/Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Issued at HKT 10:00
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